The days of cruises being all about greasy buffet food, too many cocktails and a whole lot of sitting around could be coming to an end. Silversea Expeditions has announced the launch of its new Wellness Expedition voyages, with sailings planned over the next two years. Passengers can expect yoga classes, on-board Pilates, fitness classes, nutritional counselling and a gym.
Meanwhile, MSC Cruises has partnered with Technogym to run cruises with a healthier twist. There’ll be personal trainers, custom diets and yoga mats galore. An app will track how much the participants are eating and there’s even a laundry service for gym gear. What makes these ones sound particularly fun, is that they also involve getting active on dry land. Depending on the route, onshore activities will include things like jogging around Olympia in Greece and hiking in Norway.
The popularity of wellbeing escapes is growing and there are more personalised fitness, relaxation and detox programmes than ever before. The clothing and lifestyle brand, Free People, has launched their very own curated wellness escapes. After teaming up with Yogascapes, the brand now offers travel experiences for “free spirits, wanderlusters and girls who see possibilities everywhere.” The retreats will be happening in all over the world, including Peru’s Sacred Valley and Andalusia in Spain. There’ll be daily yoga classes, customised healthy meals and experienced guides.
From sound baths to sound massage, music is becoming a big part of wellness treatments. Composer and concert pianist, Murray Hidary, combines music and visual art to take people on a meditative journey. During his performances, Hidary plays improvised compositions and has already played a number of venues across the United States. He also started his Headphone Concert Series to bring Mind Travel to beautiful locations.
The golden spice is having a moment. Turmeric has been mentioned by countless health gurus recently, and it’s now thought that it might be powerful enough to help the body fight tuberculosis. Traditionally used for treating all kinds of health-related issues, from fighting colds to soothing eczema, turmeric is now being added to juices. Jamu Kitchen has launched Turmeric Tamarind, their version of a traditional Indonesian health drink. Ingredients include organic turmeric, coconut blossom nectar and ginger, resulting in a vibrant orange tonic.
Meditation is powerful when you do it alone, but it can be even more powerful when you practise as part of a group. So, it’s no surprise that it’s becoming more of a thing recently. Lots of regular sessions are listed on Meetup and the type of meditation varies from group to group. Last year, in New York’s Central Park, a huge mediation session was organised by The Big Quiet. The organisation is on a mission to encourage “mass meditation for modern people”. You can also get in touch with if you want to host a big quiet in your own city. The events are free and people can practice whichever style of meditation they’re comfortable with.